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Black Walnut Trails Mission Statement: "To use the proper authority of the Black Walnut Trails Association Board to help increase the value of both homes and common areas of BWT and to promote an environment that fosters community and natural beauty."

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 Black Walnut Trails Owners Association E-Blast
October 2016
Many thanks to Cassie Blickem, chair of the BWTOA Activities Committee, and her committee members who help organize our second annual BWTOA picnic held on September 25.  The weather was threatening, but a window of opportunity opened up and the attendees were able to enjoy nice weather and had a great time.  Thank you also to all our BWTOA members who joined us at the picnic and brought delicious dishes to share. 
Many thanks also to Jenni Aleckson, chair of the grounds committee, and grounds committee members, for all of their hard work in making our new trail a reality.  The trail is finally resurfaced and ready for our community to enjoy.  A few minor details are being attended to, but the major work is done and the new trail will be used for years to come.
Document Campaign
The Board has voted to accept the proposed revision to our covenants and bylaws and ask the association membership for approval.  You will be receiving an informational packet containing the proposed covenants and bylaws in your mailbox in the near future.  PLEASE take a few minutes to review the materials and return the ballots at your earliest convenience.  This is very important to our community as it requires a 75% of lot owners to pass the covenants, and 51% of a quorum to pass the bylaws.  We want to have our final vote by the end of the fiscal year because the outcome of this very important issue will have a major effect on our community.  The board will also hold three informational meetings on November 15, 16, and 17 at 6:00 p.m. to be held at the Sugar Grove Fire Department.   You can also call Craig Gaska at 630-466-1149, or any board member if you have any questions. 
The Board of Directors has spent much time and energy bringing our original 1998 documents into the 21st century.  There are many conflicts, outdated regulations, and in some cases the documents no longer reflect current law.  The Board hopes you agree that after 18 years, the covenants and bylaws need updating and that you vote to approve the changes. 
Sugar Grove Drug Take Back Day
The Sugar Grove Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the police department at 10 S. Municipal Drive.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or Village of Sugar Grove website.

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Architectural Modifications Approval Guidelines
According to our BWTOA Covenants, all exterior remodeling (decks, additions, modifications, roofing, etc.) and hardscape (patios, exterior structures, etc.) projects must be submitted to the Architectural Review & Modifications Committee for review and approval. Go to Committees > Architectural Review > Approval Guidelines to find out how to submit your project, or simply click here:  Get Guidelines.

Member Update Information 
If you need to submit corrrected or updated information for the BWT directory, go to the Documents page of this site and click on Member Directory Update link.
The only non-pickup days for Garbage are:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Paper bag yard waste is collected April 1st-end of November